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The AFP provides 16 major news services, which are verified and broadcast in real time.

Thanks to its international network and editorial expertise, the AFP is able to provide high quality text services to press, audiovisual, mobile and online news professionals.

Sky Deutschland chiefs recommend refusing BSkyB offer

German pay-TV channel Sky Deutschland's management and board recommended Wednesday that shareholders reject a purchase offer by Britain's satellite TV group BSkyB.

  1. 5.000
    dispatches, 1.250 as illustrated articles, per day
  2. 6
    major languages

    French, English, Spanish, Arabic, German, Portuguese

  3. 23

    Stories delivered in XML format Metadata for optimal integration.

5000 dispatches, 1250 as illustrated articles, per day, 6 majors languages

The AFP’s text services provide everything from breaking news to features, reports, interviews and profiles.

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All news categories are covered, with a particular focus on politics, economics, sport and social issues.

All stories are subject to our rigorous rules on verification, contextualisation and perspective.

AFP journalists on the ground in France and around the world, at times of war and peace, constantly strive to meet the expectations of news professionals in terms of speed and reliability.



Each and everyday, an average of :

French: 1.500 stories
English: 700 stories
Spanish: 400 stories
Arabic: 250 stories
Deutsch: 200 stories
Portuguese: 150 stories


Coverage which is both regional and international

AFP covers both international and regional news. This is why every text service has its own specific regional identity combining world news and news from the continent and area where it is based. Find out more
AFP’s text services regularly publish editorial calendars and memos that enable our customers to plan news coverage. Regional agendas list major events scheduled to take place the following day, week and month. Detailed regional coverage forecasts are also updated and made available several times per day.
AFP’s network is present in 150 countries throughout the world. The Agency has some 2,200 employees, of 80 different nationalities who keep constant watch on developments, from a multicultural perspective. The responsiveness of the Agency’s network means that teams can be moved quickly to global hotspots.

AFP’s text products can be used either via access to the complete content of one or more services, or via a category based selection in one or more languages, according to client needs.

AFP’s text services are covered by a global news reporting policy, which also includes the photo, video, graphics and multimedia services.

Thousands of customers all over the world use AFP’s text services on a daily basis to meet their various needs:

  • News professionals
  • Suppliers and integrators of mobile and multimedia services
  • Companies and Institutions
  • Public screen network operators
  • Available languages: French, English, Spanish, Arabic, German, Portuguese
  • Metadata: keywords, IPTC, financial codes. All AFP stories contain themed keywords describing the key news points, along with IPTC tag names. Stories covering listed companies include the company’s stock market value code.
  • Availability: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Disseminated: internationally.
  • Delivery: satellite, FTP, download site
  • Technical formats: NewsML-G2, IIM, NewsML-1.1, ANPA
  • 17/09/2014 11:26

    Virginity worth $5,000, Chinese court rules

    A Chinese woman who sued a man for "violating her right to virginity" after he wooed her with false promises has been awarded nearly $5,000 by a court, reports said Wednesday.

  • 17/09/2014 06:36

    Good Bye Marx! Hungary cleans up for Orban's revolution

    Budapest's Corvinus University is no hotbed of communist troublemakers and far from nostalgic for the old regime, but students are pining for a cherished bronze of Karl Marx removed last week.

  • 17/09/2014 00:14

    Japan's whaling bid tested by world panel

    Japan's plans to resume a controversial Antarctic whale hunt in the name of research, which opponents say is really just for the meat, came under scrutiny in Slovenia on Tuesday.

  • 16/09/2014 23:50

    75 years on, Polish brothers relive Soviet invasion

    The Soviets rode in on horseback, rifles dangling on rope. Boguslaw Kamola watched in horror from the woods as they occupied his city in eastern Poland. Then the shots rang out.

  • 16/09/2014 23:19

    Rio robbers repent after tackling archbishop

    A trio of thieves got less than they might have bargained for after robbing a man who turned out to be the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro.

  • 17/09/2014 14:59

    Deadly gunbattles in east Ukraine despite autonomy offer

    Fierce gunbattles erupted around the Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Wednesday, with two civilians killed just a day after lawmakers in Kiev held out an offer of self-rule to the pro-Russian separatists.

  • 17/09/2014 14:15

    Bangladesh commutes top Islamist's death sentence, sparking clashes

    Bangladesh's highest court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence on a top Islamic preacher, triggering angry protests by both his Islamist supporters and secular opponents and clashes with police.

  • 17/09/2014 14:09

    Obama meets with generals planning IS assault

    President Barack Obama meets Wednesday with generals planning his assault against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq as he wraps up a two-day trip devoted to sudden national security crises over jihadism and Ebola.

  • 17/09/2014 12:52

    Iran's current uranium enrichment not acceptable says US

    Iran cannot convince the world that its current ability to enrich uranium is acceptable, the top US negotiator said on Tuesday ahead of new nuclear talks with global powers.

  • 17/09/2014 09:56

    EU, Iran to hold fresh nuclear talks

    EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif on Wednesday in New York for further talks on Tehran's contested nuclear programme, her spokeswoman said.

  • 17/09/2014 15:28

    Sky Deutschland chiefs recommend refusing BSkyB offer

    German pay-TV channel Sky Deutschland's management and board recommended Wednesday that shareholders reject a purchase offer by Britain's satellite TV group BSkyB.

  • 17/09/2014 15:21

    US inflation falls for first time in over a year

    Consumer prices in the United States fell in August for the first time in more than a year, dragged lower by declines in energy, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.

  • 17/09/2014 14:33

    Eurozone inflation revised up to still-low 0.4%

    Eurozone inflation stood at 0.4 percent in August, official data showed on Wednesday, slightly higher than an original estimate which had pushed the European Central Bank to open up the cash floodgates.

  • 17/09/2014 14:20

    EU jobs summit postponed indefinitely, diplomats say

    A special EU summit called by the French and Italian leaders in Italy next month to boost jobs and jumpstart the bloc's sluggish economy has been postponed indefinitely, diplomats said on Wednesday.

  • 17/09/2014 14:18

    European stocks rise before Fed, Scotland vote

    European stocks climbed on Wednesday, mirroring gains elsewhere, with sentiment buoyed by reports of Chinese stimulus, ahead of a US interest rate call and on the eve of Scotland's independence referendum.